West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry has revealed Arsenal tried to sign him twice as he prepares to break the Premier League appearance record at the Emirates Stadium.
The 36-year-old will play in his 633rd top-flight game and eclipse Ryan Giggs' record if he features against the Gunners on Monday.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted he wanted to take Barry to north London when he left Aston Villa to join Manchester City in 2009 but could not compete with City's financial muscle.
The Gunners were...
Leroy Sane booked Manchester City's place in the Carabao Cup fourth round after they survived a scare at West Brom.
The winger's brace kept Pep Guardiola's side on track in the competition as they clinched a deserved 2-1 win.
Claudio Yacob's second-half equaliser briefly threatened to take the tie into extra time and make a mockery of City's dominance after they almost ran riot in the first half.
Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Eliaquim Mangala almost put the game out of sight before the...
West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry plans to play on for as long as possible after equalling the Premier League appearance record.
The 36-year-old started in the Baggies' 0-0 draw against West Ham on Saturday to draw level with Ryan Giggs' mark of 632 games.
Barry will beat Giggs' record if he features at Arsenal on Sept. 25.
He made his debut as a second half substitute for Aston Villa in a 3-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday in May 1998, and the former England man is eager to continue.
He told the BBC:...